Golden Valley May Reconsider No Vote on Light Rail-Line

Updated: 11/21/2012 10:30 AM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

The Bottineau light-rail line remains at a stand-still for now, but the Golden Valley City Council may reconsider its no vote they made last summer.

Golden Valley set a public hearing about the proposed route for Wednesday, November 28th. Another vote will take place in December. The line would need approval from all cities that the line runs along, so far all communities, but Golden Valley have signed on.

Golden Valley City Council, in the meantime, wants Hennepin County to consider adding the city to its 911 service. "Right now we are the only city in Hennepin County that is contracting out for service," said Golden Valley Mayor Shep Harris. He said it would be a big savings to taxpayers.

Council member Joanie Clausen voted against the line, questioning the location, "It goes through our park system and wetlands and in front of people's homes." She said the location is questionable with no parking around, "I wonder who this will really serve."

However, Clausen feels passionate about getting the county to take over their 911 service. "We already pay for the service and don't recieve it." Clausen said she may be willing to switch her vote for the study of the line if the county gets serious about adding the city to their dispatch service.

"There needs to be a little give and take here," said Clausen.

Time is of the essence, the city has a year left with in its contract with Edina. They will need to give a one year notice in order to stop the partnership by the end of the year.

"I believe it would be beneficial for our residents to have the county provide 911 service, " said Harris.

The light-rail hearing starts at 7 p.m. Nov. 28th at Golden Valley City Hall.